Pot Luck dinners give me the shivers. I remember those large family family picnics with nasty potato and egg salad getting warm and gross, canned bake beans, hot sausage and rigatoni in canned tomato sauce. Ok, hot sausage I can do anywhere. You’re just not going to bring lobster and shrimp or filet mignon to a pot luck unless it’s just you and another couple and they took you out to dinner last week.
Here’s a more sophisticated dish that everyone loves – it’s not expensive to make and it’s very good for you and it feeds a lot of people – the perfect post luck dish. It’s really delicious and it became a family favorite.
5 lbs of turkey, legs and thighs
3 C Onion
1.5 C brown rice
1 C Sun Dried Tomatoes cut in half
4 C Water
1 piece (about an inch) or ginger chopped
5 garlic cloves chopped
10 peppercorns ground
1 tsp cumin (or a bit more)
some red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1 C Peas blanched or cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes.
3 TBS of butter or Olive oil or live large and add both – you’ll drain later.
Add the fat and brown the turkey pieces, leaving room and in batches. Add salt and pepper.
Add all of the chicken together, the onions and caramelize for 10 minutes. Drain some fat if you wish. I don’t.
If you have a little spice grinder, chop garlic, peppercorns and ginger together (e or chop manually) and add to mixture. Add rice and brown for 2 minutes. Add Water, sun dried tomatoes, cumin and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 70 minutes.
Remove turkey from pan and remove the meat from the bones. Add the meat back to the rice mixture and stir in peas. Plate and add some parsley to garnish.